Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Teaching About Israel and Palestine

Teaching About Israel and Palestine

  • June 14, 2014

Teaching About Israel and Palestine

  • June 14, 2014

Secondary school teachers, curriculum supervisors, and junior college faculty
are invited to apply for participation in our next history weekend.


A History Institute for Teachers

Sponsored by
The Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute
at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Cosponsored by Carthage College

Perhaps one of the more polarizing subjects in academia, the Israel-Palestine conflict is a difficult issue for teachers to teach, shrouded as it is in myths, calumnies, and mis-apprehensions. In this weekend-long program, FPRI’s Butcher History Institute offers diverse scholarly perspectives on the historical roots of the conflict and the possible solutions, while grappling with the complexities of teaching the subject.

From 8:30 a.m. ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
– 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 26, 2014

 Philadelphia, PA

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15, 2014



Teaching the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Abdel Monem Said Aly, President, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo
Shai Feldman, Judy and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Khalil Shikaki, Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

The Palestine Mandate
Adam Garfinkle, Editor, The American Interest

The Birth and Evolution of Zionism
Liora Halperin, Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Birth and Evolution of Palestinian Nationalism
Ann Lesch, Emeritus Professor, American University of Cairo

The Partition of Palestine
Bernard Wasserstein, Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Modern European Jewish History, University of Chicago

The History of the Peace Process
Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park

Public Opinion in Israel and Palestine
Justin Finkelstein, Harvey Sicherman Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute

Does the Two-State Solution Have a Future?
Moderator: Trudy Rubin, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer 
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP)
Asher Susser, Professor of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University



Forty participants will be selected to receive:

  • complimentary overnight accommodations for those outside of the Philadephia vicinity;
  • complimentary lunch and dinner on Saturday, plus continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
  • stipends of $200 for well-developed lesson plans for posting on our website that effectively utilize the experience of the weekend conference, or documentation of in-service presentations based on the weekend;
  • partial travel reimbursements (up to $250) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
  • subscription to E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers.
  • a certificate of participation in a program offering 12 hours of instruction. In addition, for those interested, college credit is available for a small fee through our cooperating institution, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Videotapes of the entire conference will be posted subsequently on our website, plus texts of selected lectures.



Please email to a resume and a short statement describing your current teaching or professional assignments, your reasons for wanting to attend, and how your students or school district will benefit from your participation. NOTE: At the time of application, you are asked to make a commitment either to prepare a curriculum unit based on the weekend or to do in-service activities based on the weekend (in exchange for a stipend).

Schools with a school membership in FPRI’s Wachman Center are guaranteed one place at one History Institute weekend per year. For information about school membership, contact:

For information about future and previous programs visit:


Support for this history institute is provided by FPRI Trustee Robert A. Fox.



The Butcher History Institute, co-chaired by David Eisenhower and Walter A. McDougall, sponsors programs designed to bring high school teachers from around the country together with the nation’s top scholars in history, political science, and other fields for an intensive weekend of lectures and discussion on topics in American and world history and international relations.

David Eisenhower is an FPRI Senior Fellow and a Lindback Award for Excellence of Teaching-recipient Public Policy Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches communications and the president. He is author of the New York Times bestseller Eisenhower at War, 1943-45 and Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969.

Walter A. McDougall is an FPRI Senior Fellow and Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, he is author most recently of a two-volume American history, Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828 (2004) and Throes of Democracy: America in the Civil War Era, 1829-1877 (March 2008).


Recent History Weekends

America and Modern War: The American Military Post-Vietnam
April 2014
Wheaton, IL
Hosted and Cosponsored by the First Division Museum at Cantigny

The Invention of the Middle East, Post-World War One, and the Reinvention of the Middle East, Post-Arab Spring
November 2013
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hosted and Cosponsored by the Senator John Heinz History Center

The Creation of Liberal Democracy: Did It Happen in Philadelphia by Accident?
September 2013
Philadelphia, PA

Iran and the Geopolitics of the Middle East
October 2012
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hosted and Cosponsored by the Senator John Heinz History Center

Great Battles and How They Have Shaped American History
April 2012
Wheaton, IL
Hosted and Cosponsored by the First Division Museum at Cantigny

China and India: Ancient Civilizations, Rising Powers, Giant Societies, and Contrasting Models of Development
March 2011
Hosted and Cosponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania; South Asia Center, UPENN, and Penn Lauder CIBER

For essays, slides, and videotapes based on these and other weekends, visit:



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Begun in 1990, FPRI’s Wachman Center is dedicated to improving civic and international literacy in the community and in the classroom. The Center is named for FPRI’s former president Marvin Wachman (1917-2007).

For more information, contact:

Eli Gilman
Foreign Policy Research Institute
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel. 215-732-3774, ext. 103